When trying a new chai, I like to have a cup of untouched chai first (no added milk or sweetener), and then only add it after at least a few sips. I think when I add my own flavoring, it really masks and dilutes the natural flavor of the tea and makes such a drastic change, that I like to judge it in its natural form.
Well, I liked this “naked” chai quite a bit and ended up drinking two more cups of it without adding anything!
Let’s Do Tea lists the ingredients as:
Black Tea, Cloves, Cinnamon, Orange Peels, Flavourings.
I think this tea is named well. It is definitely “Americanized.” That is not necessarily a bad thing; it just means that some of the sharp Indian spices have been slightly toned down. I also have some suspicions that that “flavoring” is some kind of sweetener (because you know how us Americans love sweet stuff). I didn’t find the tea overly sweet mind you, it just had a little added sweetness which might have also come from the spices. I found the whole cup quite smooth, with the herbs mixing in well with each other. The most prevalent taste was the cloves, but they certainly didn’t overpower the other flavors.